I've had a browse through and seen a number of others on the forum who have various medical conditions. Some of these possibly the individuals may identify themselves as disabled, some not, but I'm just wondering how people manage to cope with serious illness, chronic illness and/or disability and their love of music.
I can't practice anything like as much as I used to, so a performance diploma is out of the window. I am even somewhat concerned about the Dip Teaching because I have to have 3 pieces to grade 6 performance standard, and while that doesn't present any technical challenges for me, it's an awful lot of "viola under the chin" time. I hope they will only ask me to play very short extracts because I get tired awfully quickly, but I don't want to give everything up.
I probably couldn't have chosen a more challenging set of instruments for physical demands of playing, I suppose possibly marching tuba or something! The viola sticks out one side with your hands balanced in mid-air, the flute sticks out the other. I still get to play my recorder, but I can't carry the bass any more, and when I want to go along to events they want me to bring several instruments and a music stand and a packed lunch and park up a side street, I can't do it.
Most of the courses I want to go on are in ancient listed buildings and beautiful churches, which sucks when you use a wheelchair because you can't get in any of them.
I can't manage a regular orchestra any more, but I'd love to do one-off events where you get to spend the day on some fab repertoire pieces. I'd love to be able to say I'll come along to a 2-hour rehearsal every Wednesday night, but quite honestly I don't know if I'm going to be up to the challenge of getting dressed every Wednesday! (Biggest reason I work in the voluntary sector!)
I'm just wondering how people have managed their musical journey with ill health and disability, any tips for staying in the game. And you can pick between giving me a reality check of whether I will ever be able to do anything with a lever harp playing from a wheelchair and if I'm going to be able to sweet-talk people into putting it in and out of my car for me any time I go to an event, or if I should make my peace with descant recorders and other instruments I can safely strap to the back of a wheelchair. Any places that do a decent wheelchair-accessible day/weekend school for orchestra, string orchestra or recorder? I can't put in that regular time commitment any more, but could probably take on occasional special events.